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The Wedding Journey (Irish Brides #1)

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The mysterious inheritance is the answer to a prayer. Now Irish lass Maeve Murphy and her sisters can come to America! She's sure happiness awaits her, even if it won't—can't—come from widowed ship doctor Flynn Gallagher. Yes, he made her his assistant, but she's not foolish enough to fall for the man all the eligible, wealthy female passengers admire.Flynn Gallagher may h ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Love Inspired (first published April 1st 2012)
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This was a very good book. Maeve and her sisters are headed to America, escaping the poverty and disease in Ireland. Thanks to her quick thinking during a dockside emergency, Maeve ends up as the doctor's assistant. He helps her sisters secure other positions on the ship. Maeve is a sweet, optimistic young woman who has a gift for healing. Flynn has spent the last several years working as a ship's doctor and running away from the memories of his wife and son. Working with Maeve, she opens his ey ...more
Virginia Campbell
Cheryl St. John is a wonderfully talented author of memorable historical romance reads, and she has created a remarkable love story called "The Wedding Journey". This book is the beginning of the "Irish Brides Series" from Harlequin's Love Inspired Historical brand. I love reading historical romance for many reasons, all of which are to be found in "The Wedding Journey". I have always lived in historical romance. I just “reside” in the modern world. From as far back as I can remember, I was alwa ...more
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in PDF file from the author Cheryl St John, I loved reading "The Wedding Journey". this story is about three young ladies from Ireland.Maeve-Nora& Bridget, a sad beginning where the girls lose their "Da" and he is buried reminding them of the time when they lost their Mother years ago. Soon the landlord explains they must leave the only home they have known so his family can move in.
The girls start cleaning and putting items they will take with them not knowing where the
Linda Sims
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
, this story is set in 1850, Maeve Murphy and her two sisters have just buried their father having lost their mother some time before. The landowner wants them off the land and the cottage where they live. Set at a time in history during the Irish famine the three girls decide to sell whatever possessions they have and buy passage to America, they had found a letter and deeds to a cottage just outside Boston, that a past love interest had left their mother, after he had moved to America many yea ...more
Catherine Richmond
Famine, disease, and poverty have swept Ireland. The death of her father, leaves Maeve and her sisters without resources. Packing to leave their rented home, they find the deed to a house in Massachusetts and decide to head for the US. When Maeve helps an injured child at the dock, she draws the attention of Flynn Gallagher, the ship's doctor. He enlists her as his assistant for the voyage. She's attracted to his compassion and medical knowledge, and his Pierce Brosnan-good looks, but knows a ro ...more
Feb 14, 2012 rated it liked it
This was such an uplifting story! Without giving too much away, it begins with three sisters and is the story of how they must deal with the tragedy of losing their father and what becomes of them as they are now on their own with no place to live and no one to take care of them. Circumstances end up with them finding themselves on a journey from Ireland to America with hopes of starting a new life. Onboard the ship, one of the sisters shows her compassion and medical knowledge to an injured orp ...more
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: inspirational romance fans
Maeve and her sisters leave Ireland after the death of their father. They manage to find passage onto a ship heading to Boston. Each sister ends up with a job thanks to the doctor. Maeve works for the doctor, Bridget works as a governess, and Nora assists in the ship's galley. As the journey continues, Maeve and Flynn (the doctor) grow closer to each other. When he's finally able to put the deaths of his wife and son behind him, is he ready to face a future with Maeve? And what about her other s ...more
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As usual Cheryl St.John has crafted another keeper. Great characters that are warm, caring and totally believable. Wonderful details are woven in about life aboard an immigrant ship and the devastation of the potato famine in Ireland. The Murphy sisters are forced to leave the only home they've ever known when their Dad dies. After the funeral, when they are packing to leave, they find a letter addressed to their Mother and a deed to a home in America. With no money and no opportunties for jobs, ...more
Sep 07, 2014 rated it liked it

not bad, made me want to read the next books just to see what happens in the series. I would label it as Christian or Inspirational fiction to warn those who don't like that, and there are a lot of references to that.
I like the characters and I thought the story was well laid out. It doesnt center on the romance though more of the journey itself with a romance in between.

May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
First in the Irish Brides trilogy, following three sisters as they journey to America to escape the famine in Ireland.

A lovely read, with likeable characters and reminders of hope and the power of faith and love.
Vickie McDonough
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Wedding Journey is a charming story about a kindhearted woman whose life changes in an instant when she rushes to aid an injured boy. I look forward to reading about Maeve's two sisters and their journey from Ireland to America.
Fay Risner
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story about life on a sailing ship transporting Irish passengers to America during the Irish Potato famine. The focus was on one of three pretty Irish sisters looking forward to a new life near Boston. Each was hired to work during the trip for passengers that had money. The focus is on a romance between one sister that is assistant to the ship doctor.
Michelle Robinson
This is not a bad little novel.
It isn't really a romance in the sense that while we see the hero and hroine spend time together and share work, they don't seem to be really developing a love relationship. There is a little mild flirtation and they do admire each other but it just does not feel lke they are in love.

At one point, Maeve seems more like a grief counselor to Flynn than anything else.
Maeve deals with her troubles so easily, she is so patient and understanding that she does not quite
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of The Wedding Journey through Goodreads as a first-read.

The three Murphy sisters have no option but to find a new home following the death of their father. With the Ireland people impoverished by the potato famine and aristocratic landlords without a conscience, the sisters embark on a ship for America. After finding a letter to their late mother and a deed to a house in America hidden behind a painting, they once again are given the hope they had been praying for.

When a you
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cheryl St. John writes sweet inspirational romance. She does a great job putting the reader in the historical setting and making the characters real. Maeve was especially real, both in appearance and character.
May 13, 2012 rated it liked it
I read this book second, even though it is technically first in the series. Perhaps that is why I didn't like it as much, I'm not sure. Overall, it was good and an enjoyable read.
Good story! Looking forward to the next two.
Liz Flaherty
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A lovely book.
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love-inspired, 2012
I really enjoyed this book. I loved all of the characters from Flynn and Maeve to all of the interesting poeple on the ship. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
It was a sweet story. I enjoyed the interactions of the hero/heroine as well as all the other characters.
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, clean, easy read romance. I will start the next one right after this one.
Scott Roberts
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book cover has a nice classical look.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 25, 2015 06:56AM  
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Cheryl is the author of more than fifty books. Her first book, Rain Shadow was nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award for Best First Book, by Romantic Times Magazine for Best Western Historical, and by Affaire de Coeur readers as Best American Historical Romance. Since then she has received three more RITA nominations, a Writer’s Digest award for a feature article, and several Roman ...more
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